Sunday 31st January 1915

It was a very fine day. In the morning I walked as far as Ti Point school and then Charlie Dunning gave me a lift in the cream cart to Jims. Revd R. A. Macdonald held service in the Claim Hall in the morning Jane & I attended, there were only 10 present, Minnie, who was present, & I returned with Jane & dined there & I also had an early tea there and afterwards walked home.  Mr Macdonald held service in this hall in the evening, all of us attended, there was a good congregation, collection 10/- – 11/-


Saturday 30th January 1915

It was a fine day. The rain we had yesterday has done a great deal of good and has moistened the ground to a good depth where the ground has been worked fine. It must have rained for nearly 24 hours.

In the morning I was planting out young plants in a bed next the rhubarb, viz 28 Antirrhinums, 16 Wallflower, 3 Verbena & 1 Heliatrope. In the afternoon I was working in the flower garden tidying up. In the evening I went to Mrs Grasath to take back some music. Called in at the Library to get a book.

After an early lunch Willie, Grace and Gertie drove over to the Claim, there was a Tennis Match between the 2nd grade players of the Claim & Leigh clubs, The Claim won easily. Willie got home about 10pm, Grace and Gertie went to Ti Point to stay the night.


Friday 29th January 1915

I woke up at 1.20am and found it was raining and it was raining when we got up and it rained all day and also evening. I caught a lot of water, I filled the bath tub and carried a lot into the garden, several inches must have fallen. We could do nothing out of doors, so I mended by clothes.

Thursday 28th January 1915

It was a very hot day. I was picking in flower seeds, cleaning it and putting it up in packets. Early in the afternoon I went down to get the mail as the steamer had just arrived from Auckland, she brought the Weekly news. I also went down in the evening for the overland mail and to attend the Library.


Wednesday 27th January 1915

It was a very hot day. Grace returned home from Ti Point in the morning & Gertie returned home in the evening.

I was helping Willie pick fruit and Willie hauled it down to the Steamer in the afternoon. Ken & Tillie who have been staying with Jim & Jane were on the Steamer returning home. Dr Morrison attended at Harper’s today & I went down and consulted him. I wrote a letter to my son Jack and I posted it this afternoon.


Tuesday 26th January 1915

It was a very fine day. After breakfast I went down for the mail, I received a letter from my brother Henry in England, he informed me that my brother Chris has died last November thus leaving Henry & I the only two remaining of a very large family.

There was a picnic at Lloyd’s point today, Grace & Gertie went over to be present and staid the night. I staid at home and did odd jobs.


Monday 25th January 1915

It was a very fine day. Duncan Knaggs came in the morning for me to witness his signature. I dug all the Daffodils in the diamond bed, put them in paper bags and stored them in the dairy under the house. In the evening I helped willie pick 7 cases of October Purple plums.


Sunday 24th January 1915

It was a very hot day. Ken, Tillie, Jane & the children returned to the Claim in the morning. Willie, Grace & Gertie went a drive to the Goat Island beach.

Revd Spiers held service in the afternoon. There was a good congregation.

I went up to Jas Greenwoods for tea. While I was there Alf Greenwood came in and told us that a drowning accident had occurred this afternoon on the Pakiri beach, the victim being Alice Came eldest daughter of Matthew Came of Whangaripo, who had been bathing. Her body was floating about in the sea some distance from the rocks and Alf Greenwood who was passing on the beach, divested himself of his clothing and plunged in and rescued the body but life was extinct.


Saturday 23rd January 1915

It rained a little early in the morning, but not enough to do any good, as it soon dried up and turned out a very fine day.

Ken & Tillie came here from Jims and had lunch here, Jane, Jim & the children also came over but they called in at old Mrs Dunnings.

Willie took Ken & Tillie a drive up the hill in the afternoon.

There was a Tennis Match on this court between Leigh & Dacres Club. Leigh won all the events but one. They had tea in the Hall and a dance in the evening. All of us went, but Ken, Tillie, Jane, the children & I came home early.


Friday 22nd January 1915

It was a very hot day. I cut up a lot of firewood and did several odd jobs, but it was too hot to do much outside.

In the evening I went down to the village to get the mail that came by the steamer at 7.30pm.